4 important molding techniques for medical contract manufacturers

Rena Ivory, Crescent Industries Injection molding has allowed many life-enhancing and life-saving medical devices to be within reach of millions of people, by making it possible to produce plastic medical products in large volumes and at competitive costs. Although the basic injection molding process is relatively simple—squeeze hot, molten thermoplastic into a metal mold, then

MD&M West 2018: Medtech supplier innovations you need to know

Updated Feb. 5 More than 20,000 engineers and executives are expected to gather and network for the annual MD&M West – one of the largest annual medical device manufacturing events. The event takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 6–8, and houses an array of industry suppliers showcasing their latest technologies and manufacturing advancements. Think medical

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Dip molding medical device products: What you need to know

When it comes to dip molding products with emulsions of liquid rubber, it is necessary to complete a series of process steps to assure proper formation, vulcanization and finish treatment to meet the customer’s needs in the final application. Mark Agee, Kent Elastomer Products Dip molding can enable the creation of durable medical device parts in

Overmolding: 2 types to know

MTD Micromolding Some micro projects require specialty micro injection molding processes, such as overmolding. Overmolding involves two or more materials molded together to become one part. Examples include molding plastic over plastic or molding plastic over a preformed part, such as a metal insert. (See examples of common polymers and substrates below.) MTD specializes in

4 questions to ask when the mold will not fill right

A pressure sensor can be a big help when your mold isn’t filling properly. Here are four questions to ask when shopping for the right sensor. Shane VandeKerkhof, RJG Some molding problems can be diagnosed with a little pressure data from inside the mold. But whether you’re new to molding or a seasoned veteran trying to

RJG now offers Mold Design course

RJG, Inc. held their first Mold Design class in March of this year. The goal of offering this course is to provide mold makers, design engineers and molders with the common language and core knowledge required to design injection molds that exceed time, cost and quality requirements. Mold Design is meant to bridge the gap

ADM Cleveland: Here are some top medtech manufacturing highlights

Updated March 31, 2017 The inaugural Advanced Design and Manufacturing conference and expo in Cleveland showcased some of the medical device industry’s top design and manufacturing technology over the past week. From manufacturing depression treating machines to dry ice cleaning machines, here are some notable exhibitors from the show. Next >> [Want to stay more on top

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Cool precision: 5 medtech micro products with a big impact

In the world of medtech, the smallest products can make a big impression. Some of the products at MD&M West—held this week in Anaheim, Calif.—celebrated the grandeur found in tiny things. Engineer Oliver Rapp, of NN Inc.’s Precision Engineered Products Group (Booth #2311), shared some of the more exciting high volume devices that have features at

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Q&A: How to think about insert molding for prototyping

Becky Cater is a product manager at Proto Labs, with specific expertise in injection molding, overmolding, and insert molding. She recently answered some of Medical Design and Outsourcing’s key questions about insert molding, and offered some insight on how rapid manufacturing is making the technology more accessible than ever before. MDO editor: What is insert